Who were the heroes and villains of the twentieth century?

Unit Overview
This unit gives students a chronological overview of the 20th century through the eyes of heroes and villains that have changed the world with either positive or negative outcomes. Students will explore what it means to be a hero or a villain and students have the opportunity to complete an independent project on the ‘greatest hero or villain throughout history’. Students will use Christine Counsel’s 5R’s of Significance to support their thinking. 

By the end of this unit it is expected that most students will investigate in overview a number of heroes and villains throughout the 2oth century  and come to a conclusion as to why they are deemed so significant. Students will also look in depth at one particular hero or villain which they feel has been the most significant throughout history and use the 5R’s of Significance to support their thinking. 

Some students will not have made as much progress and will expand their chronological understanding of the Twentieth Century and be able to look in depth at one particular hero or villain. However they may not be able to use the 5R’s confidently to judge their significance.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to confidently evaluate the impact that heroes and villains have had in the Twentieth Century. They will also be able to research additional information and materials to help them investigate their chosen hero or villain more deeply.

Key Assessments

Students complete a project based on one of the themes studied in class. Students will be able to choose from a list of themes and will be expected to carry out independent research on their chosen theme. This piece of extended homework can be presented in any form allowing the student to produce something unique and based on their strengths.

How to help your child

Parents can tell their children about their own childhood and any heroes and villains that they feel that have had an impacted upon their lives. There is a wealth of information on the Twentieth Century for example both documentaries by Andrew Marr ‘History of Modern Britain’ or ‘Days that shook the World’.  Students should also be encouraged to watch news reports on television /internet and /or read about how this theme continues to evolve as this helps students make links between what we study in class and the world in which they live today.

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